Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy dies at 42

Prodigy, who made up one half of Mobb Deep, has recently died at 42.

The rapper's rep released a statement on Tuesday, revealing that the Prodigy, whose real name is Albert Johnson, was recently hospitalized for complications due to sickle cell anemia.

"It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep. Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis."

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JUNE 11: Prodigy of Mobb Deep performs during the 2017 Hot 97 Summer Jam at MetLife Stadium on June 11, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 22: Rapper Prodigy of the hip hop duo Mobb Deep performs onstage at the Art of Rap festival at Hollywood Palladium on July 22, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 22: Rapper Havoc of the hip hop duo Mobb Deep performs onstage at the Art of Rap festival at Hollywood Palladium on July 22, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 12: Rapper Prodigy of Mobb Deep backstage at Blue Note Jazz Club on April 12, 2016, in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 18: Rapper Prodigy of Mobb Deep performs on stage during the 2nd Annual Wild Life Festival at Forest Hills Stadium on June 18, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 10: Prodigy from Mobb Deep performs at O2 ABC Glasgow on May 10, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom (Photo by Ross Gilmore/Redferns via Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 10: Prodigy from Mobb Deep performs at O2 ABC Glasgow on May 10, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom (Photo by Ross Gilmore/Redferns via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 23: Rapper Prodigy of Mobb Deep and daughter Tasia Johnson attend 'The Knick' special screening at The New York Academy Of Medicine on July 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by J. Countess/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Prodigy of Mobb Deep performs at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on April 26, 2015, in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Prodigy (L) and Havoc aka Mobb Deep backstage at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on April 26, 2015, in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 27: Rappers Prodigy and Havoc of Mobb Deep visit the SiriusXM Studios on March 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 25: Prodigy of Mobb Deep visits SiriusXM Studios on February 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 16: Hip-hop artists Havoc and Prodigy of Mobb Deep perform at House of Blues Sunset Strip on April 16, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: Prodigy of Mobb Deep performs at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on November 22, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - AUGUST 27: Havoc (L) and Prodigy of Mobb Deep perform as part of Rock the Bells 2011 at Shoreline Amphitheatre on August 27, 2011 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
Prodigy and Havoc of Mobb Deep during Mobb Deep Performance - June 5, 2006 at Canal Room in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Havoc and Prodigy a.k.a. MOBB DEEP during MOBB DEEP Visit MTV 2 - April 28, 2006 at MTV Studios in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage)
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The statement continued: "As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined. We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family's privacy at this time."

The musician was in Las Vegas over the weekend to perform as part of the Art of Rap tour, which also included other big names like Ghostface Killah, Onyx and Ice-T. He performed with his Mobb Deep partner, Havoc, on Saturday night.

News of his unexpected death hit social media when rapper and close friend Nas posted an Instagram photo:

🙏🏾 QB RIP King P. Prodigy 4 Ever

A post shared by Nasir Jones (@nas) on

"🙏🏾 QB RIP King P. Prodigy 4 Ever," Nas captioned the heartbreaking snap of his close friend.

Mobb Deep was formed back in the '90s, and their biggest hits include "Hey Luv (Anything)" and "Quiet Storm."

Our deepest condolences go out to his family during this difficult time.

See the heartbreaking deaths in Hollywood this year in the slideshow below:

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Michael Nyqvist, who starred in the Swedish film version of “The Girl With Dragon Tattoo,” died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 56.

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Roger Smith, who starred in the series "77 Sunset Strip" and was married to actress Ann-Margret, died Sunday in Sherman Oaks. He was 84.

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Gregg Allman, best known for performing in The Allman Brothers Band, passed away at 69.

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Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell died unexpectedly at 52 after he was found in a Detroit hotel room.

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Erin Moran, who is known for her role in TV sitcom "Happy Days," died at the age of 56 after a secret battle with cancer.

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Comedian Don Rickles died at the age of 90 from kidney failure.

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Comedian Charlie Murphy died at 57 from complications stemming from a battle with leukemia.

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Roger Moore, a former James Bond star, died after a short battle with cancer at 89.

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Jonathan Demme, the director known for his work on thriller "Silence of the Lambs," died at 73 from esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease.

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Roger Ailes, who was at FOX News for two decades before being ousted last year for alleged sexual harassment, died at 77 after suffering a fall at his home.

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Bill Paxton died unexpectedly at age 61 on February 25. 

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Soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr., who is also Cuba Gooding Jr.'s father, died at 72.

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Neil Fingleton, "Britain's tallest man" and "Games of Thrones" star died at 36 from heart failure.

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"Battlestar Galactica" star Richard Hatch died at 71. 

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John Hurt, star of "The Elephant Man," died at 77. 

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Legendary actress Mary Tyler Moore passed away at the age of 80.

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Butch Trucks, founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, died at 69.

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Actor Miguel Ferrer died from throat cancer at 61.

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Dick Gautier, known for is role in the Broadway musical 'Bye Bye Birdie' died at 85.

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Frank Deford, giant of sports journalism, died at 78.

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Rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry, who is known for hits like ''Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Roll Over Beethoven," died at 90 years old.

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Television personality Christopher 'Big Black' Boykin, known for his MTV show "Rob & Big," died at the age of 45.

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Dina Merrill, the actress known for movies like "Butterfield 8" and "Operation Petticoat," died at 93.

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Frank Pellegrino Sr. (R) died at age 72 following a battle with lung cancer. He was known for his role on "The Sopranos." 

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Former pop singer Tommy Page was found dead at 46 in New York City.

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"Doll Squad" star Francine York passed away at 80 after a battle with cancer.

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Joni Sledge, the "We Are Family" singer, was found dead in her Phoenix home. She was 60.

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Jazz legend Al Jarreau died at the age of 76.

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Actor Robert Michael Morris died at age 77. His death was confirmed by friend Lisa Kudrow.

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